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kathyOctober 12, 20131 Comment

Know Best

Reading about Laura DeCrescenzo’s life as a Sea Org member on tonyortega.org (The Underground Bunker) today was deeply, deeply troubling.

L. Ron Hubbard (LRH) wrote in DMSMH and Science of Survival that attempted abortion is the act of a would be murderer. How then could a female Scientologist, especially a Sea Org member who is only 17 be pressured by church staff to not only seek an abortion she doesn’t want but go through with it? Despite this being the antithesis of what LRH wrote, the documented evidence is undeniable! And worse, the abortion was characterized to her as being for “the greatest good”! Truly shocking.

This girl had nowhere to turn. Her husband was not prepared to be a father and she didn’t want to get herself into more trouble or pull her unsuspecting family into it so she went along with the game plan. Unfortunately, her loss haunted her.

Sadly, this kind of thing isn’t an anomaly. Several years ago my friend, the Senior C/S at an org, was afraid of losing her relationship with her grandchild. Her son who was in the Sea Org (SO) had divorced his pregnant wife so he could stay in the SO. After a year or so his ex-wife, now out of the SO, was poised to marry someone else who was ready to adopt the child. My friend found herself in the tenuous position of potentially losing the grandchild her son was willing to disown.

When bad things happen within the confines of Scientology they are compartmentalized as isolated incidents caused by a specific someone who has gone off the rails. Additionally, if harm should befall this specific someone it is always his/her own fault. Therefore, Scientology is never organizationally responsible for non-optimum occurrences. The norm for a Scientology executive handling a messy situation is to first protect the organization, then deal with the rest. Hence, the personal carnage.

This kind of thinking is the exact opposite of what LRH states in Keeping Scientology Working: It is the bank that says the group is all and the individual nothing.

Brutality against children and disdain for those who love them will not bring about a more sane society.

Keeping Scientology Working also warns that the downfall of Scientology can only come about from a failure to practice Scientology itself. In short, the CofS is responsible for its own condition.

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kathyOctober 7, 20131 Comment

Who needs drugs any way?

No one has ever gotten off drugs who didn’t personally want to…no one.

In the mid-60s just about the only medical help available for a drug addict was a county hospital emergency room to keep an overdose from being fatal. Methadone clinics came into being but these tended to compound addiction rather than help it. (A dedicated junkie can time his/her methadone doses so heroin will still get her/him high.)

At the time the only people who cared enough about addicts to offer any kind of long-term support were people who’d walked in their shoes but had managed to break free. Synanon, Narconon and other addicts-helping-addicts based groups got started by ex-addicts to help addicts get off drugs for real. Doctors weren’t interested.

In the 70s other enterprising folks began coming up with deadly new drugs like crack cocaine and super cheap meth. In counter-point to this in 1971 the War on Drugs was born.

By the 1980s the world of drugs was all new and more shiny than ever. Benzodiazepines had largely replaced barbiturates. These and other pharmaceuticals began being advertised directly to the public. Underground raves largely fueled by Ecstasy were happening with the regularity of a floating crap game.

Drug addiction was deemed a disease and Medical-based Drug Rehab flourished. The Betty Ford Center opened in 1982 and in answer to a mainly middle class demand, other places where alcoholics had traditionally gone to dry out expanded their services to include medical detox for drug addicts. On the home front “skittles” parties were born: Kids raided their parents’ medicine cabinets, threw everything into one bowl and took “whatever.”

Today “legal” substances like “spice” and a quite deadly concoction called “bath salts” can be bought in most gas stations across the country. Raves, still fueled by ecstasy (or Molly) are no longer underground but have become mainstream. Medical marijuana is nearly passé because marijuana recently became legal in a few states despite the Federal ban.

The War on Drugs is a dismal failure. Libertarians have been promoting the legalization of drugs for decades insisting that this doesn’t mean endorsing drug use… So what’s the deal? Do we want to get rid of drugs or not? This is the real $64 question.

There are still ex-addicts around who can help.